Val Thorens, France
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Val Thorens, France

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A: Valley Rally Meeting Point

by Rob Antill, 290 meters away

 Taken on one of the slopes at Val Thorens. Group of us were waiting for some friends to arrive so I ...

Valley Rally Meeting Point

B: Val Thorens By Flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 390 meters away

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C: Valley Rally Meeting Point

by Rob Antill, 520 meters away

While on a skiing trip with 220 students we took part in a competition called the valley rally. Peopl...

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D: Val Throens Gondola Pylon

by Rob Antill, 2.0 km away

During a one of the runs I stopped off to take this photo under one of the gondola pylons.

Val Throens Gondola Pylon

E: Cime de Caron

by Christian Obel, 3.8 km away

From the top of the Cime de Caron 3195 meters above the sea there is a clear view over Val Thorens.

Cime de Caron

F: Caron

by Boldovskiy Egor, 3.8 km away

Caron

G: pointe de l'Observatoire

by Vincent Vermorel, 8.1 km away

the summit of the Pointe de l'Observatoire is 3016 m high. It is situated above the pass of Aussois. ...

pointe de l'Observatoire

H: Polset

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 9.4 km away

Dans le cœur du Parc national de la Vanoise dans le vallon de Polset un hameau typique.

Polset

I: Méribel - Chalet - Savoie - By Flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 11.1 km away

Méribel est une station de sports d'hiver située dans la vallée des Allues en Savoie (France), à 1 45...

Méribel - Chalet - Savoie - By Flyprod

J: Meribel Station de ski- By Flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 11.2 km away

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Meribel Station de ski- By Flyprod

This panorama was taken in France

This is an overview of France

France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.

French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.

The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.

One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.

During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.

Text by Steve Smith.

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